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Post  getback Fri Feb 24, 2023 6:58 am

I do as much as I can and sometimes actually get a good bounty for my fun in the garden LOL Can Kukes and mators for use in salsas , some slicers and most Italian taste for Pizza Sause Plus making my own dough for several years now . Bob I like cutting my cucumbers up and put them in some vinegar/water mix salt/pepper for 24 hrs. right out the bowel into the mouth Yummy ! Got a friend thats going to give me some boards w/concreate mixed in for another box , that will save me a bunch of $$$ . cheers Cotton looks good Robert ! Hope your DIL has success in the yarn making . Keep us posted on the Marlin bird houses . sunny
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Post  rsv1cox Fri Feb 24, 2023 7:25 am

"Bob I like cutting my cucumbers up and put them in some vinegar/water mix salt/pepper for 24 hrs. right out the bowel into the mouth Yummy !"

I will have to try that.

I started out buying Walmart cucumbers at .67 each, they are up to .87 now. A garden sound awfully good. Smile I bought some apple cider vinegar to try. About gagged me into the next world. Went back to white.

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Post  rdw777 Wed May 10, 2023 12:56 pm

Thought I would share these with my CEF friends… They are all native to West Texas….They are in my yard so I give them a little more care than they would receive in the wild so they will bloom a little stronger….

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Post  getback Thu May 11, 2023 8:29 am

WOW Robert those are some very beautiful flowers on the cactus , look a little scary too! The first one looks like star fish growing on the outer edges LOL Very Happy Are they hard to take care of ?
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Post  rsv1cox Thu May 11, 2023 8:50 am

I agree with Eric, they are beautiful look but try not to touch.

My mother used to buy the ones with the yellow flower and sat them on window sills. She nurtured them like they were her first born. Mom did have a "green thumb" something that regretfully didn't get passed on to me.

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Post  rdw777 Thu May 11, 2023 9:39 am

Thanks guys, They’re not that hard to take care of, I think particularly because they grow around here anyway…. I give those in the pots a little more water than those in the ground….They can go a long time without…. The blooms are short lived but very vibrant while they are out… I give them a token amount of general fertilizer right before they bloom..
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Post  HalfaDave Fri May 12, 2023 11:55 pm

Hi rdw777,
Beautiful plants. (not seen here)
I showed it to my 90yr old mother.
She went in the basement, hauled out some old tubers, Is that what we planted today.
For Mother's Day.
Her dementia is a wonderful thing
She says,
I will send you 'Cox Forum' photos.
Unconditial Love,
Is very stupid, or a very nice thing.
Love to All,
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Post  rdw777 Sun May 14, 2023 1:09 pm

Thanks Dave…. Cute story on your mom…. You’re fortunate to still have her Very Happy
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Post  akjgardner Sun May 14, 2023 2:34 pm

I have an app on my phone called picture this.. you snap a picture of any plant or tree and it tells you what it is with a description and how to care for it. Also whether it is poisonous or not.
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Post  GallopingGhostler Sun May 14, 2023 3:31 pm

Be sure to wish a to you family's wives, daughters and granddaughters (if you are senior enough Very Happy ) today. Cool
¡Feliz Día de las Madres! a tus esposas, hijas (y nietas, si ustedes tienen los años suficientes Very Happy) hoy. Wink (Otro países han celebrado ese día este miércoles pasado.) Smile
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Post  rsv1cox Sun May 14, 2023 3:46 pm

You did not give my wife flowers or chocolates on Mothers day or any other day!!! Something substantial that lasts, Jewelry or equilivent passed muster.

By chance I'm wearing a shirt that my Mother made for me. After a sweaty morning of mowing and cutting down dead branches I had to change. Grabbed a shirt of out my closet and only later realized that Mom had made it for me many, many years ago. Mom was smart, talented and managed to keep my Father in check. No easy task.
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Post  GallopingGhostler Sun May 14, 2023 4:14 pm

rsv1cox wrote:You did not give my wife flowers or chocolates on Mothers day or any other day!!!  Something substantial that lasts, Jewelry or equilivent passed muster.
Is there anything that I say that doesn't meet your critical eyes? Who says, that to say, Happy Mother's Day requires that it be accompanied with some form of monetary or gratuitous compensation? Huh...
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Post  rsv1cox Sun May 14, 2023 4:30 pm

GallopingGhostler wrote:
rsv1cox wrote:You did not give my wife flowers or chocolates on Mothers day or any other day!!!  Something substantial that lasts, Jewelry or equilivent passed muster.
Is there anything that I say that doesn't meet your critical eyes? Who says, that to say, Happy Mother's Day requires that it be accompanied with some form of monetary or gratuitous compensation? Huh...

I must have missed something George or perhaps because I don't understand what you wrote in Spanish. My apologies if I said something that offended you.
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Post  GallopingGhostler Sun May 14, 2023 4:37 pm

One part I did not translate: Otro países han celebrado ese día este miércoles pasado. This means, Other countries have celebrated that day this past Wednesday. Those countries include Mexico and some other Latin American countries. Maybe I should have explained that.

When I saw, You did not give my wife flowers or chocolates on Mothers day or any other day!!!  Something substantial that lasts, Jewelry or equivalent passed muster., it raised a flag in my mind, because it was so directly spoken. You see, I meant it in general to the CEF community and wasn't specific to any individual or family. I meant no harm or hard feelings to anyone.
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Post  Oldenginerod Mon May 15, 2023 4:37 am

If I were to come home with flowers or chocolates, the first question would be, "Why did you waste our money on that?"
Tried the jewellery thing once.  Never going there again Mad
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Post  HalfaDave Mon May 15, 2023 9:42 pm

Hi All,
I showed my 90yr old Mum, nice cactii flowers photos by rcd777.
Just to say, you do not have to worry about watering.
Down in the crawlspace she goes...
'I'll show them!' she says...
The tubers are planted now. (Mothers Day)
Good luck, Everyone !
(somehow I will have to learn how to send photos to you here)
Dad(95) and I(65) tag team, and are good.
Anyways,
I'd rather talk Tomatoes.
Started with two plants, in 2ft sq area. Results were good.
Had no idea what I was doing. 15yrs ago.
Today,
I mulch big time, use 1/4 of water, and have too many. Mulch means not weeding.
In less area than two 4x8 sheets of plywood.
Not hard to give away. Easy to freeze for next winter.
Most people, love my vine sun ripened tomatoes.
Ask me for my secret.
I tell them,
'I soak my feet each week'.
It is up to them,
To figure it out... Smile
Take care,
Have fun,
Dave

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Post  Oldenginerod Tue May 16, 2023 3:00 am

One apple tree.  More apples than we can handle. Still eating stewed apple from the freezer from last year's crop.
Originally planted the tree at our son's request.  By the time it decided to fruit he'd left home, so on his recent visit home we got him, his partner and our grandson to harvest the crop.  They had to smuggle a few on the plane trip home. (Still within the country, so no quaranteen issues).
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Post  getback Tue May 16, 2023 6:39 am

Boy those look Good ! They look like a Winesap apple ? I love those but can bee hard to find , usually not sold in the stores for some reason. I had pears running out the Wysue last year but pretty sure the frost/cold weater after a warm start got the best of it this year . Got a Fuji apple tree but it just don't want to bear or grow good for that matter . Tree looks health ! Very Happy
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Post  Oldenginerod Tue May 16, 2023 7:01 am

Thanks Eric. This is about the third huge crop of fruit we've had from that tree. For some reason it occasionally misses a season. I guess it needs to be pollinated to bear fruit and I don't know where the nearest tree is. Each year we need to keep it covered with netting because the birds competely strip the tree.

I'm not 100% sure of the variety but I think it may be Pink Lady. I suspect we have different varieties between northern and southern hemispheres. We sorted out the fruit by quality. About 1/4 were beautiful and looked as good as store-bought fruit. Probably half had serious spotting on the skin, but didn't effect the quality or flavour. The rest were either small or marked by insects and birds, but all of them taste pretty much as good as you can get. What we don't eat can be cut up and stewed for freezing, apple pie, apple crumble, whatever we like. We've given away bucket loads.
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Post  rsv1cox Tue May 16, 2023 7:16 am

Apple pie Rod, my downfall. Mom used to make them all the time in New Hampshire. I buy mine at Walmart with a carton of vanilla ice cream. I can count on adding a few pounds that week.

Winesaps. Haven't had one of those in years. Macintosh apples were the staples in New England. Used to love it when September/October rolled around.
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Post  HalfaDave Tue May 16, 2023 8:30 am

Hi Oldenginerod,
Beautiful. Thanks. Great photos. Cool
My recipe for too many apples is:
- 1/3rd pork. (add any spices if it is not brined/smoked, like Canadian Bacon)
-1/3rd 'sweated till sweet' onions. Worth the effort.
-1/2 the worst apples. Nastier the better. Leave the skin on. The seeds are like pepper.
Throw it in a slow pot.
Cook till the cows come home. ( I like oxymorons !) ~180F.
Season with maple syrup.
Try it. Throw in any rice/noodles/ vegetables on the way.

Mum has this weird 'Quince' bush. Every 8yrs? it bears fruit.
Bitter more than sweet. 95%sugar to make it a jam.
I like strong peppers, hotter the better.
This is well beyond bitter flavors.
This could be a year,
Take care,
Have fun,
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Post  rdw777 Tue May 16, 2023 3:48 pm

Beautiful kids, home, and yard Rod…. The apple tree is very nice too Very Happy
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Post  aspeed Tue May 16, 2023 4:43 pm

Oldenginerod wrote:Thanks Eric.  This is about the third huge crop of fruit we've had from that tree.  For some reason it occasionally misses a season. I guess it needs to be pollinated to bear fruit and I don't know where the nearest tree is.  Each year we need to keep it covered with netting because the birds competely strip the tree.

I'm not 100% sure of the variety but I think it may be Pink Lady.  I suspect we have different varieties between northern and southern hemispheres.  We sorted out the fruit by quality.  About 1/4 were beautiful and looked as good as store-bought fruit.  Probably half had serious spotting on the skin, but didn't effect the quality or flavour.  The rest were either small or marked by insects and birds, but all of them taste pretty much as good as you can get.  What we don't eat can be cut up and stewed for freezing, apple pie, apple crumble, whatever we like.  We've given away bucket loads.
We used to have 30 apple trees, and they never were very good quality unless they were sprayed throughout the season. We have moved and the neighbors have 3 orchards. When the apples just start to grow they pick and throw a bunch on the ground. If they are too close together or there are too many sucker branches the apples are small or the branches rub on them which gives them scabs. They spray a lot too. Bunch of Mexicans, Jamaicans and lately young girls from the far east come up for the summer to help. There are around 8,000 migrant workers in the county here for the cucumbers, peppers tomatoes and marijuana with monster greenhouses. Sometimes the tomato seconds are sold for a reasonable price but they often just throw them away to rot in the fields if the prices are too low or the cucumbers split or something. Stinky.
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Post  GallopingGhostler Tue May 16, 2023 4:44 pm

Rod, your grandson is a real cutey! Thumbs Up Love the short natural Bermuda grass growing in your yard. Thumbs Up
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Post  Oldenginerod Tue May 16, 2023 4:59 pm

GallopingGhostler wrote:Rod, your grandson is a real cutey! Thumbs Up

The ride in the wheel barrow is a tradition thing. Same barrow as our kids rode in, usually on a pile of firewood. Charlie enjoyed sharing the ride with the apples. Laughing
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